Saudi Unemployment Statistics Spell a Troubled Vision 2030

Saudi Unemployment Statistics Spell a Troubled Vision 2030

Most of the new employment that Vision 2030 is supposed to create needs to come from the private sector. Two years and counting into the radical transformation of the Saudi economy known as Vision 2030, a key component of the strategy — to empower the private sector and significantly reduce unemployment — remains stalled. Figures [...]

Which Rules Does Mohammed bin Salman Follow?

Which Rules Does Mohammed bin Salman Follow?

In the new rules-based disorder, every leader has the power to define the rules they prefer. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Since Donald Trump’s election and his performance as US president, many commentators, including members of Trump’s own team, have expressed regret about the weakening of what was traditionally and even officially called the “rules-based [...]

Taliban Attacks on Hazara Communities Raise Fear of Mass Atrocities

Taliban Attacks on Hazara Communities Raise Fear of Mass Atrocities

Afghanistan’s Hazara community is caught between attacks by Taliban and Islamic State militants, and neglect by the government. It started with a Facebook post: “I can’t bear it anymore. I am going out. Will you join me?” Within an hour, by midnight local time on November 11, hundreds took to the streets and passed security [...]

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room

For some, the slowness with which the international community is addressing climate change is yet more proof that humans have outlived their evolutionary usefulness. The midterm elections are over and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact. Meanwhile, the campaigns barely touched on the most important issues [...]

Actor Viggo Mortensen Uses a Word He Shouldn’t Use

Actor Viggo Mortensen Uses a Word He Shouldn’t Use

What happens when concern about racism is focused on policing the words that antiracist people use, rather than the acts of actual racists? Americans have a serious and complex problem with the notion of free speech. While everyone accepts the dogma that freedom of expression is an absolute right enshrined in the First Amendment of [...]

From Sandinista to Contra: The Transformation of Daniel Ortega

From Sandinista to Contra: The Transformation of Daniel Ortega

Ortega’s critics, which include former allies and comrades-in-arms, see him as a corrupt authoritarian who turned his back on his revolutionary ideals. At 73, Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, is one of Latin America’s most emblematic and controversial figures of the last several decades. Adding up his first presidential terms — between 1985 and 1990, and [...]

Anti-Semitism Is a Growing Problem in America

Anti-Semitism Is a Growing Problem in America

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Reverend John C. Dorhauer, the president of the United Church of Christ. On October 27, a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opened fire on worshippers attending the Shabbat morning services. Although police were called [...]